Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wielding a joystick and wearing special glasses, pain researcher Dr. Alexandre DaSilva is able to slice apart a large, colorful, 3-D brain floating in space before him at the U-M 3-D Lab. DaSilva, assistant professor of prosthodontics, biologic and materials science at the School of Dentistry, is director of the Headache and Orofacial Pain Effort, and hopes to better understand how brains make their own pain-killing chemicals during a migraine attack.

Michigan Union to provide food options during renovation
While the ground floor of the Michigan Union MUG food area is being renovated this summer, a variety of lunch and snack items will be available at the new Summer Selections food service area on the first floor. Opening on Monday, the area will feature six separate food stands that will operate until the MUG area reopens for the beginning of the fall semester.

Assistant Professor Beth Diamond dies from cancer
Beth Diamond, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and of art and design at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, died Monday from cancer. The SNRE community will gather at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ford Commons of the Dana Building to mourn Diamond's passing. All are welcome.

Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project selects seed funding projects
The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project has awarded four small grants that allow researchers to explore interesting, risky “first” questions in lines of inquiry that could lead to unexpected breakthroughs and larger projects. The grants are for work that could lead to less dangerous painkillers, safer nuclear power plants, better energy storage and safer maintenance of nuclear waste products.

The Michigan Difference

Weaving an energy solution
The Woven Wind team, a multidisciplinary group of students from U-M, has been recognized internationally for its efforts to utilize traditional local skills and materials for creating wind power in a small mountain village in Guatemala. The team won first place in the Smarter Planet Challenge for developing a wind turbine with blades made of woven material.